New Podcast: World of Wonder with DJ CatSynth, January 30, 2013

Better late than never, here is the podcast for my January 30, show.

World of Wonder with DJ CatSynth, January 30, 2013

12:00AM-12:10AM (10:00) Richard Devine “York Capacitor” from Risp LP (2012) on Detroit Underground

12:10AM-12:17AM (6:55) Signal “Wismut” from Robotron (2007) on Raster-Noton

12:17AM-12:25AM (7:52) Brigit Uhler & Gino Robair “Capacitance Blubber” from Capacitance Blubber (Single)

12:26AM-12:35AM (8:38) Dewanatron “Cooling Period” from Irregular Hours, Vol. 1 (2006) on Obedience School Music

12:35AM-12:40AM (5:36) Mitchell Akiyama “Strategies for Combating Invisibility” from Small Explosions That Are Your’s to Keep (2005) on Sub Rosa (Belgium)

12:40AM-12:59AM (18:12) TaTE “El toque de silencio (The call for silence)” from Ph: 0439544574 (2003)

01:00AM-01:05AM (5:00) Amar Chaudhary “Under the Weather (analog modular improvisation)” from Under the Weather (analog modular improvisation) (Single, 2013)

01:05AM-01:09AM (4:15) Pierre Schaeffer “Cinq Cinq études de bruits /1948 – Etude noire” from Schaeffer : L’Œuvre musicale (CD)

01:09AM-01:30AM (21:33) Iannis Xenakis “Bohor” from Electronic Music (1962)

01:31AM-01:49AM (18:27) Karlheinz Stockhausen “Stockhausen: Kontakte – Part 2” from Stockhausen: Kontakte (CD, 1992) on Wergo

01:49AM-01:57AM (8:06) Richard Devine “Reneanalogueseq” from Risp LP (2012) on Detroit Underground

01:57AM-01:58AM (0:56) Ilkae “Camai” from Pistachio Island (2001) on Merck Records


Tune in tonight at midnight PST on KUSF in Exile (San Francisco Community Radio) to hear co-host Matt Davignon’s program, or look for the podcast here.

World of Wonder with DJ CatSynth, January 16, 2013

A bit tardy uploading last week’s show to the podcast channel, but here it is. Playlist below.

12:00AM-12:03AM (2:33) Nina Simone “I Put A Spell On You” from I Put A Spell On You (MP3, 2006)

12:03AM-12:13AM (9:48) Myrmyr “Golden Ashes” from Fire Star (CD, 2012)

12:13AM-12:18AM (5:18) Pauline Oliveros “DIGIACC Flight” from DIGIACC Flight (MP3, Single)

12:18AM-12:22AM (4:08) Damero “1-1+1-1+1-…=1/2” from Happy In Grey (2007) on BPitch Control

12:22AM-12:32AM (10:19) Colleen “Everything Lay Still” from The Golden Morning Breaks (CD, Rock, 2005) on The Leaf Label

12:33AM-12:35AM (2:00) Bill Withers “AIN’T NO SUNSHINE” from Lean on Me The Best of Bill Withers (CD, Album, Private, 1994) on Columbia (us)

12:35AM-12:39AM (3:19) The Books “Contempt” from Thought for Food (Remastered) (2011) on Temporary Residence Ltd.

12:39AM-12:57AM (18:50) Asmus Tietchens “Teilmenge 42” from Z-Menge (2006) on Line

12:59AM-01:02AM (3:39) I Monster “Daydream in Blue” from The Chill Out Room (MP3, 2010)

01:02AM-01:03AM (1:01) Ilkae “Sushifruit” from Pistachio Island (2001) on Merck Records

01:03AM-01:28AM (24:48) PGT “DOME” from Temporary Habitations (CD, 2008) on Loochtone

01:28AM-01:33AM (4:03) Aloe Blacc “I Need A Dollar” from Good Things (CD, Album, 2010) on Epic (usa)

01:33AM-01:42AM (9:33) Four Tet “UNSPOKEN” from Rounds (CD, Album, Private, 2003) on Domino (UK)

01:42AM-01:49AM (7:16) Xinlisupreme “COUNT DOWN” from Murder License (Rock, 2002) on FatCat Records (USA)

01:49AM-01:59AM (9:33) David Dunn “Ennoia 2” from Four Electroacoustic Compositions (2002) on Pogus

New Podcast: "Bi-fur-cation" demo


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Some might consider tonight's podcast a “rerun” of sorts, as this musical example was featured in the CatSynth article The Logistic Function and its Discontents. This is actually one of our most popular articles of our stats/records are to be trusted, combining mathematics, the work of Antoni Gaudí, and some of my favorite electronic-music techniques. Those who have not read the article are encouraged to do so – I hope to post a follow-up one of these days. Or you can just listen to the podcast as a musical curiousity.

New Podcast: nox30: Synthss, from Música Experimental Brasileira


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This Sunday we have another great find from the Interet Music Archive (archive.org). “Synthss” by nox30 is part of the compilation Música Experimental Brasileira ( Brazilian Experimental Music ), with artists from all over the country. You can listen to more tracks by nox30 and the other featured artists here.

We are constantly looking for interesting music to feature on our podcast series, but we welcome submissions and requests. You can use our handy submission form, or contact us to get your music featured on the CatSynth Channel.

New Podcast: Mercury Grid live at Woodstockhausen 2002


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With all the craziness from last month, we didn't have much opportunity to release podcasts for the CatSynth Channel. But we're going to start things up again with another live performance from the archives.

This was one of three short pieces I performed at the 2002 Woodstockhausen Festival at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It is entitled Mercury Grid and involved live control of sound using a Wacom graphics tablet (which I have used in most of my live performances up until this year). The sound was done using my Open Sound World software. There was also a video component, with live 3D graphics that reacted in real time to the music.

I have not listened to this piece for a while. It's better than I have given it credit for, and would like to revive it for future live performances. There is also a studio version, which you can find on my music website.

We welcome submissions and requests for our podcast series. You can use our handy submission form, or contact us to get your music featured on the CatSynth Channel.

New Podcast: br'er: Rory Snake Handler


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We're trying to open up and grow the CatSynth Channel, with releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to the Sunday release. Especially after going silent for two weeks, it seems like a good time to launch the expanded series.

Our first weekday podcast is a selection from Of Shemales and Kissaboos, the new album from br'er that was reviewed here at CatSynth in September. This release features “Rory snake handler”, which was discussed in the review and also featured on br'er's myspace.

We are happy to feature music from friends and reviewed groups here at CatSynth, and welcome submissions and requests. You can use our handy submission form, or contact us to get your music featured on the CatSynth Channel.

To subscribe, click the “Subscribe” button, or visit the CatSynth Channel page. As always, enjoy.

New Podcast: Suspension, Polly Moller and Company


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After a few weeks hiatus, the CatSynth Channel Podcast is back. This Sunday we are featuring a track from Not Made of Stone by Polly Moller and Company. Regular readers may recall this is the group I am going on tour with in a little over a week, and Suspension is one of several tracks from Not Made of Stone that we will be performing.

“A woman travels into space to forcibly remove the source of her anguish.”

We began are tour rehearsals this weekend, including some changes from our previous performances. A new guitarist, Bill Wolter; and new live electronics processing for flute and voice.

More information on the album and tour can be found Polly Moller's official website.

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New Podcast: Sean Carson (del *.*), "resting tones 5"

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Sean Carson is the first the first to take advantage of our open submissions for the CatSynth Channel podcast. And we are very to happy to have his piece “resting tones 5″, which very much fits our standard aesthetics, and includes “cat-like” sounds as well.

one of my most bizarre pieces.

there are some cat like sounds made by the cumbus oud. Its a steel string fretless instrument from Turkey

To submit your own music, visit our submissions page. Anything is game, as long as it vaguely fits the aesthetics of the CatSynth blog and/or podcast.

And kids, whatever you do, do NOT type that stage name into your Terminal window ;-).

New Podcast: Turandot (Puccini), Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)

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Tonight's podcast is a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti, who passed away on September 6, 2007. We feature selections from Act 1 and Act 3 of Puccini's Turandot. The selection from Act 3 is the aria “Nessun dorma,” which was one of Pavarotti's signature pieces. You have probably heard it before. Below is one of his last performances of this piece, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin:

We will have another related video treat for our readers and listeners this Wednesday.

These recordings were released on the Internet Archive, as part of a Creative Commons release.

A technical note: classical recordings tend to suffer more from the artifacts of MP3 encoding, and these recordings have been through the MP3 machine at least twice if not more. Those who want to hear a cleaner version are encouraged to check out the source version, or an original recording on CD.

Although the “Nessun dorma” might be more famous, I am fond of the selection from Act 1. It has a dark sound (in keeping with the rather morbid story line), and a very “modal” sound. In particular, there is the minor pattern that concludes this section:

This pattern, and indeed the generally “modal” nature of the music in this act, is presumably to give the music an “eastern” flavor, in keeping with the story of Turandot. However, it fits perfectly in with my own interests in more mainstream music, including my current fascination with old R&B and rock-and-roll from the 1950s and 1960s. One could see the above pattern, performed by the low strings of the orchestra, done by a string bass in an old jazz or R&B recording .

It is inspiring to find these sorts of connections between often disparate forms of music, and perhaps that is in itself a small tribute. Listening to, and paying respect to, one of the great modern opera talents, and having that lead to inspiration elsewhere…